SFPA-Sponsored Poetry Contests
SFPA Poetry Contest
Our contest is intended to raise funds for SFPA, as well as to draw more attention to speculative poetry and reward writers of good speculative poems. An eligibility survey was taken following the 2015 contest.

Contest Update:

Results of the 2023 contest have now been posted. Congratulations to the winners!

contest qrThe 2024 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest will open for entries on June 1. The deadline is August 31. Best Writing Contests of 2022, recommended by Reedsy

Contest Rules: The SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best unpublished poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words]); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]). Line count does not include title or stanza breaks. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Entries are read blind; friends/family/students of the judge may not enter.

Prizes: In each category (Dwarf, Short, Long): $150 First Prize, $75 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize. Publication on the SFPA website for first through third places.

2024 Judge: Stephanie M. Wytovich

Stephanie M. Wytovich photoStephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous magazines and anthologies such as Weird Tales, Nightmare Magazine, Southwest Review, Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8 & 15, as well as many others.

Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, and an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Point Park University. She is a recipient of the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Memorial Award, the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant, and has received the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship for non-fiction writing.

Wytovich is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection, Brothel, earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press alongside Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, An Exorcism of Angels, Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, and The Apocalyptic Mannequin. Her debut novel, The Eighth, is published with Dark Regions Press, and her nonfiction craft book for speculative poetry, Writing Poetry in the Dark, is available now from Raw Dog Screaming Press.

Her 2023 poetry collection, On the Subject of Blackberries, is out now.

Follow Wytovich at https://www.stephaniemwytovich.com/ and on Twitter and Instagram @SWytovich and @thehauntedbookshelf. You can also sign up for her newsletter at https://stephaniemwytovich.substack.com/.

2024 Contest Chair: Angela Yuriko Smith
Angela Yuriko Smith photoAngela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and an HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

Submission guidelines:

  • The 2024 contest opens June 1. The deadline is August 31
  • Submit your entries using the following form: https://bit.ly/SFPAContest2024
  • Unpublished poems only. Per SFPA's Statement on AI, the submission of AI generated poetry is prohibited.
  • Author retains all rights, except that first through third place winners will be published on our website.
  • Enter as many poems as you like, but an entry fee of $3 per poem must be paid via PayPal at entry (credit card can be used without a PayPal account, and those unable to use PayPal may mail a check). Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but must be immediately withdrawn if accepted elsewhere.
  • Entries will be read anonymously. Please do not include any identifying information in the file (file name can be anything); enter your name only in the form. The form can take a submission with multiple poems in the same category (dwarf, short, or long). Use a separate documents to submit poems from different categories. .rtf preferred.
  • No PayPal, or problems with the form? E-mail contest@sfpoetry.org to ask for instructions with “SFPA contest help” in the subject line.

Confirmation of receipt of your submission should follow within 3 days.
Announcement of winners will be posted on the SFPA website.

Previous SFPA Contests

2023 winning poems
2022 winning poems
2021 winning poems
2020 winning poems
2019 winning poems
2018 winning poems
2017 winning poems
2016 winning poems
2015 winning poems
2014 winning poems
2013 winning poems
2012 winning poems
2010 New Poets Contest: Ekphrasis
2008 Poetry Contest: Energy
2007 Poetry Contest: Sonnets
2006 Poetry Contest
SFPA has published anthologies of past selected contest poems.

2008 SFPA Energy contest anthology

2007 SFPA sonnet contest anthology

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